Duke has found his new home!

Duke has found his new home!

Duke, the Chihuahua

Remember Duke, the little Chihuahua who was abducted by a coyote, but managed to drag himself back home despite his injuries? Who was later abducted by a hawk, but again survived?

Yes, THAT Duke.

He has a new home!

When Carol Gallant first told his story and said that he was looking for a new home, I immediately had the feeling that DAISY Foundation founder, Heather Anderson, would be the perfect match for him. I felt it in my gut and in my heart. But knowing that Heather already has a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds and reptiles, I decided it would be best to see if they would find each other.

So we created a blog post and spread the word about Duke. We received offers from far and near, but for one reason or another, they did not work out.

About a month later, we were working on our plans for the 4th Annual DAISY Foundation Fundraiser. Because it was being held at the community center, we thought we would invite Duke. Perhaps if people could see him in person, they might be interested in him or know someone who was. And that’s exactly what happened when Heather and Duke met — Heather with her cane and Duke with his cart. A match made in heaven!

A reporter recently interviewed the two of them at Heather’s house and filed this article. He also shot a video so everyone can meet Duke, aka Mr. Hot Wheels! As you can see in the video, not much slows this boy down!

Congratulations to Heather and Duke. I KNEW you would find each other!

And a special thanks to Carol for stepping up for this little man!

Pooch on wheels finds new Calgary home


Previously down on his luck, a resilient pup has rolled his way into a new Calgary home … and the heart of his new owner.

Known as Duke, the two-year-old Chihuahua has endured attacks by both a coyote and hawk, suffering extensive injuries that left his back two legs unusable.

Unable to afford pricey vet bills, his owners in Lacombe outfitted Duke with a set of wheels to replace his back two legs, but quickly realized they would no longer be able to give him enough care and attention.

Luckily, Calgary’s Heather Anderson, founder of animal rights advocacy group The Daisy Foundation, has come to the rescue.

Duke moved into Anderson’s humble abode earlier this month and has quickly made friends with a canine named Colt, who lost a leg as result of a gunshot wound.

“He’s got this spirit you wouldn’t believe,” Anderson said. “He’s incredible. I truly believe he has come into my life for a reason.”

Duke’s previous owner, Valerie Parish, spent months searching for a new home for him with the help of a complete stranger and Good Samaritan, Edmonton’s Carol Gallant.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Parish said of Duke’s new abode. “It was a long road but knowing where he went has made it all worthwhile.”

reprinted from MetroNews Calgary

“DAISY for Pekoe” Night

“DAISY for Pekoe” Night

Why Are We Coming Together?


A fundraising event in partnership with the DAISY Foundation, with immediate funds going to Pekoe’s family.

Pekoe was rescued after being found tied to a tree in the NWT, and is now in need of a double hip replacement surgery. She is a sweet girl with a loving family and they require a little help from the community to get her the care she needs.

Any funds raised beyond the vet costs, will go directly to the DAISY foundation – who not only lend a voice to animals who are mistreated, but provide families with the funds they may need to pay their costly vet bills.

All volunteer based, they do what they can to take on every case. However, they rely on the positive and generous support from the community to continue their efforts.

What’s The Thick on the Event?

The event will be fantastic, featuring some of Calgary’s finest talent! The performers offer an awesome variety in music from folk and indie, to hip hop and soul. We are lucky to have so many great acts donating their time. Some have recorded albums, appeared on Canadian Idol, created and produced tracks for local artists, headline their own shows around town and more! So, there will be no shortage of entertainment!

Auburn Saloon – located near the base of the Calgary Tower – has given us the space for the evening and opened their bar and kitchen up for guests convenience. (Limited selection of complimentary finger foods will be provided. Additional ordering is not included in ticket price)

There will be a silent auction and plenty of prizes and treats to look forward to!
Participating organizations will be in attendance, providing further information about what they do. I’m sure they’ll leave us all with something to think about!

All in all, it will be a fantastic night with friends and family and a great way to help a family in need. If it was any of us, we would want the support, so please do your best to give some!
Grab a friend – or many – stay all night or swing by while you can. Have dinner with us or enjoy a drink and the auction…it is ALL great and will count hugely.

Now Give Me the Skinny

Sunday November 20th, 2011
Auburn Saloon (Base of the Calgary Tower)
163- 9 Ave SE, Calgary AB
6:30pm – 10:30pm

Musical Performances
Food & Drinks
Prizes ~ Silent Auction
Special Guests

Performances By:
Paige Laloge
Justine Tyrell
The Waking Eyes
J Naz
Natty Styles
Omar and the Bear

Tickets are $15.00 and all ages are welcome!
(Selection of complimentary finger foods. Additional meals and beverages not included)

Who’s Behind This Event?

This event is a collective volunteer effort beween the DAISY Foundation, a local event designer and volunteers, and Pekoe’s family.

Her family has been working hard to rally support with media, community groups and individuals taking notice and wanting to help. In fact, you may have already heard of Pekoe’s story in the news or through friends!

Pekoe is a one and a half year old Husky, who is full of spunk and happiness. She has overcome so much already and is ready to focus on just being a playful puppy. Her loving family has worked very hard to get her the help she needs, and unfortunately that help doesn’t come cheap.
That’s where Calgary’s support comes in!

Pekoe just recently got her own Facebook page, where you may follow her progress and see the link for her online donation page.
You can find her @ Pekoe’s Page

The DAISY Foundation is an incredible volunteer based group, working to end the inhumane suffering of animals. This includes advocating for stiffer animal abuse penalties, providing financial support to those struggling to cover the cost of much-needed veterinary treatment and helping to reduce the number of abused and abandoned animals. They are great and in this case, Pekoe requires a lot of support. So, DAISY and friends collaborated to come up with this fundraising solution. Planned and executed by local event designer and volunteers and fueled great talent and industry partners, the support has been great thus far! Above all else, the most important people behind the event will be the GUESTS!! So please come show your support for this great cause.

To check out the Auburn Saloon, please visit:

How Else Can I Help?

Would you or your business like to be a part of the event? We are accepting donations for silent auction items, looking for dessert sponsors (cupcakes, treats etc.) and welcome event volunteers! We would LOVE your participation. Please contact us if interested!
(Silent auction items may also include services!)

Leave us a post and we will get back to you

Email: and myself or another representative will be in touch
Phone: (403) 680-1545

Thank you everyone! Please feel free to share this page and add others who may be interested!

Save-the-date for our Fundraiser!!!

Save-the-date for our Fundraiser!!!

Join us at Pineridge Community Center,
6024 Rundlehorn Dr NE

Help us spread the word! Print a poster and hang it up somewhere where people will see it! They come in two sizes!

Paralysis doesn’t slow Duke down; <br />all he needs now is a home!

Paralysis doesn’t slow Duke down;
all he needs now is a home!

UPDATE: Duke has found a new home — with Heather, founder of DAISY Foundation 🙂

When I think of a dog named Duke, I think of a big dog; 60 pounds or so. But in this case, this Duke is a tiny mite with a big personality.

Duke, the Chihuahua

Meet DUKE! The little Chihuahua with the big heart!

Duke used to live out in the country where he had a doggy door so he could go outside as needed. One day last summer, his owner found him laying on the doorstep unable to move. His vet believes that Duke was attacked by a coyote; that he was given the “death shake” that injured his spine. But somehow Duke managed to get away and make it home before the swelling to his spine made that impossible.

Now Duke gets around via his fancy “wheels.” According to his owner, “The [cart] he has is super light and works wonderful. I think you will be surprised as to how well it works. He can run in it; he can go through most terrain.”

Circumstances are such now that Duke’s family is looking for a new home for him: “I am so sad that we can not keep him, it breaks my heart, but it isn’t fair to him not to have someone who can change his diapers regularly and care for him properly.”

Will you help Duke?

A little about Duke

  • Duke is 2 yrs old;
  • He gets along well with other dogs/cats but does not do well with young children;
  • He loves to play with stuffed toys that have long dangly arms;
  • He walks around well with his cart, but he tires easily;
  • He can stand on his own for a few moments, but his legs are very wobbly;
  • He sleeps in a kennel at night with blankets as he has no control over his bodily functions (pee & poo);
  • He has to wear a diaper 24/7 and that needs to be changed regularly — like you would a human baby;
  • He barks and plays like other dogs;
  • He does not travel well in a kennel, and when he is on your lap in the car, he shakes and pants alot;
  • He cannot be left outside unattended as the hawks will get him. They can sense he is injured. This already happened once before with owner (thank god the hawk didn’t get him).
Here’s the letter from Duke’s owner:

We used to live in the country.

We had a doggy door which they used all the time. One day he was attacked by a coyote and  I found Duke on the door step. He was not able to move.

The Vet figured he was given the death shake and it broke his back. He was still able to run away but as he stopped, the cord began to swell. The vet gave us the option to take him to Calgary where they could have exposed his cord to relieve the pressure. He would have had a 50/50 shot of recovering completely. The procedure was $5000 and with all the other tests and stay, it could have been up to $10.000 which we just didn’t have.

So the vet did keep him for 3 days, gave him pain killers and iv fluid, xrays, etc, etc.

The [cart] he has is super light and works wonderful. I think you will be surprised as to how well it works. He can run in it, he can go through most terrain. I personally don’t think he needs a new one.

We looked at the professional ones to get the basic pattern. It took my husband and my brother-in-law (who is a welder) 3 days to finally get it right. I have a seamstress who made all of his supplies including [the supplies] for his cart. His supplies cost over $500.00. They are starting to wear so probably in the next year he will need some of them replaced.

I am so sad that we can not keep him, it breaks my heart, but it isn’t fair to him not to have someone who can change his diapers regularly and care for him properly.

Can you take him?

Thank you.

We are looking for a forever home for Duke. Sometimes it takes a little longer with a “special needs” dog, so we are asking you to help us. If you are interested in knowing more about Duke, please email Carol or message her on Facebook.

If you are unable to adopt him, please share Duke’s story with your friends and family. There is a home out there for him and it may even be there with someone you know.

So, please help this little mite with the big heart out… SHARE his story.

Faith comes to Calgary

Faith comes to Calgary

Faith is a Pit Bull who had the misfortune of living in Ontario where dogs like her are, by law, not allowed. She is one of the many Pit Bull-type dogs that are discriminated against based simply on the way she looks: square head and muscular build.

Flying out of Hamilton on Thursday afternoon, Faith arrived in Calgary that evening where she was met at the airport by DAISY Foundation founder, Heather Anderson and Faith’s overnight foster family. On Friday, they set out for BC to visit a woman who was interested in adopting Faith into her extended family of cats, dogs, goats and horses on some acreage in the countryside.

Upon arrival, Faith greeted the woman with a smothering of kisses — this is Faith’s trademark behavior: kisses. She loves people and wants to please them. However, when she was introduced to the other dogs, there was tension. Faith showed aggression towards them. One stood up to her and the two had to be separated. This was decidedly not the best situation for anyone.

So Friday afternoon, Faith returned to Calgary. She is in foster care with a wonderful and caring couple who are familiar with Pit Bulls.

Today, Faith is getting spayed. Once recovered, she will be meeting with a trainer so we can determine the best route to take with her. It seems she has had little training in her life, yet she so wants to learn. And she is a very smart girl. I received this note from Faith’s foster mom last night.

Faith is learning fast. Today she sat for us and also did her “Pretty Please” pose. I love it. My Dog Cedie does that too. It’s so adorable. We didn’t even teach that.

She also went into the little pool I have for the dogs. She was shy at first, but after [my husband] showed her how to get in, she went on her own and got the ball out. 😮

If you would like to help DAISY Foundation with Faith’s journey to a new life, please consider making a donation via PayPal or check (made payable to DAISY Foundation and sent to the address at the bottom of the page). Monies received will be used to offset the cost of her flight to Calgary and her medical expenses. DAISY Foundation is able to do the work it does through the generosity of animal-loving people like yourself.

We need people like you to help us so we can help animals in need like Faith… and others who are on the waiting list. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Reflecting on Mirror

Reflecting on Mirror

DOG'S HEAD © Jeffrey Marini | Dreamstime.com

Things seem quiet in Mirror these days after the dog poisonings in April. However, what has changed?

Last I knew, there was to be a town hall meeting in Mirror between residents and officials to discuss the poisoning deaths of 13 dogs and what was going to be done about it. But last I heard, the meeting never happened.

When the first reported poisoning of dogs happened a year ago, one RCMP officer involved in the poisonings talked with Daisy Foundation’s Heather Anderson. At that time, Heather pointed out research that shows a link between animal abuse and abuse of people. The officer rather sarcastically asked Heather if she was suggesting that there was a serial dog killer in Mirror. Her reply was, “Yes!”

A year passed and in April, at least 13 dogs died from poisoning in an overnight period. Coincidence? Or serial dog killer? My bet is on the latter.

It’s been a few months now and as expected, the hysteria has mostly subsided. People have returned to their normal lives. But what about the families victimized by the poisonings. At least one family lost dogs they had added to their family after their previous dog had been poisoned a year back. This family has again been victimized, traumatized and hurt. I wonder how they are doing these days?

Well, I think it’s time to shake out the rug and see what has settled underneath. Let’s not wait another year or even another season to see if the killer strikes again. Let’s raise some awareness.

I am asking the people of Mirror who have lost a pet to the poisonings to send me their story and a photo of their beloved dog. Let’s see if we can’t renew our search for justice and move forward to some resolution beyond what we have right now.

It’s simply abuse no matter who called for it

It’s simply abuse no matter who called for it

Stone photo from The Stoning of Soraya M.

I recently watched a movie called The Stoning of Soraya M. I have heard of stoning, but I will confess that I never gave it a lot of thought.
When a person is stoned to death, they are buried in the ground so that they cannot run away. Their arms are also buried — or sometimes tied — so they cannot defend themselves from the stones being thrown. The stones are carefully chosen: not so small that they do not cause pain but not so large that they cause death. You see, stoning is supposed to be a long, slow death.

Recently, in Jerusalem, a judge sentenced a DOG to be stoned to death…. by local children.

The dog wandered into a financial court and would not leave. A judge recalled a curse that had been placed on a secular lawyer who insulted the court two decades prior. The curse was that the lawyer would come back as a dog. And therefore this dog that wandered in that courtroom most assuredly must be the cursed lawyer. A court manager told Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot the stoning had been ordered as “as an appropriate way to ‘get back at’ the spirit which entered the poor dog”, according to Ynet.


I believe in reincarnation, but I also believe it is possible that the dog just wandered into the court room. Simple as that. And for that he deserves such a heinous death?

And even beyond this most inhumane method of killing, I am dumbfounded that the stoning would be ordered to be carried out by children. We work so hard with our youth to teach them to respect all life. This includes animals, yet this village wants its children to pick up stones and hurl them at a defenseless dog until he is dead?

I haven’t the words to explain which part of this story is the most upsetting to me. There is absolutely NOTHING in any of it that makes any sense.

The movie I mentioned is a true story. The Iranian village where this happened has tried to deny the incident since the world became aware of it. Since the story has circulated the globe, the judges in Jerusalem are now denying this sentence was ordered. And here’s why this may be true:

According to rabbinic laws there is a lot of criteria to be met before capital punishment is assigned (stoning being one of the harshest methods). The criminal in question must firstly be “of a sound mind,” which a dog could hardly be considered.

There must also be witnesses to the event. What event could the possessed dog, or the lawyer for that matter, have done to deserve death besides being secular—a crime not among the 18 professed crimes in rabbinic law punishable by death? Had the lawyer truly committed one of these crimes in his human state he would have been tried pre-dog transcendence.

What is among the 18 crimes is witchcraft and necromancy—cursing a dead man guilty of being a pest into the body of a dog most certainly falls under these crimes meaning the judge who carried them out is the real perpetrator.

The manager of the court says, “They didn’t issue an official ruling, but ordered the children outside to throw stones at him in order to drive him away. They didn’t think of it as cruelty to animals, but as an appropriate way to ‘get back at’ the spirit which entered the poor dog.”

“An official ruling” is key in capital punishment under any religious or secular law and using stones to drive something away is much different than using stones to kill it. And asking children to take part in the matter seems incredibly irresponsible and quite frankly, unlikely.

reprinted from Death and Taxes magazine

Last I heard, the dog managed to escape.

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Have you seen me?

Have you seen me?

Benjamin is missing; presumed stolen

$5000 reward for the return of Benjamin to his family
call: 780-837-1049 | email:

Benjamin has been missing since January 20, 2011 when he was “taken” from his driveway.

“Ben was last seen on our end driveway talking to a stranger, being fed with a pizza box. Ben is not a wanderer, and is very attached to us, his people. Ben is 108 pounds, and 28 inches tall at the shoulder.”

Facts about Benjamin


  • Benjamin’s last known location is six miles south of Falher (Horseshoe, Guy area), Range Road 770 and 214 (~770km NW of Calgary).
  • He was wearing a Harley Davidson collar with Benjamin written on it.
  • He has yellow eyes and yellow and white fluffy fur.
  • He has tattoos in both ears.
  • He is a house dog and very friendly.
  • He is 3 years old. 

It’s possible that Benjamin was sold to or adopted by someone who may not know that he was stolen from his family. If you have recently adopted a dog that looks like Benjamin, please check inside his ears and see if he is tattooed.

There is, however, reason to believe he is still in the company of the person who stole him.

“Benjamin is our child and our child is missing. We search everyday on all mediums…social media, websites, radio, newspapers, and posters.”

$5000 Reward

Please help us find Benjamin and bring him home. There is a $5000 reward for Benjamin’s return or a tip that brings him safely home.

If you have Benjamin and would like to anonymously return him, we are offering you several options to do that:

  • Call the owners at 780-837-1049
  • Email the owners
  • Call Daisy Foundation at 403-475-0120
  • Contact Daisy Foundation via our contact form

If you have any tips on the whereabouts of Benjamin, contact Benjamin’s family at the phone number/email above.

Our goal here is to re-unite this baby with his family; the family that has raised him from puppyhood; the family that misses him more everyday. Benjamin is out there. Neighbors saw the vehicle that took him away. Please, we are asking everyone’s help in bringing this boy home.


Below is a LOST poster for Benjamin. Perhaps you can print it out and distribute it in your neighborhood to help us get the word out.

Share Benjamin’s story

Please share Benjamin’s story with your friends and family: email them a link to this webpage; SHARE this page by clicking on the social media buttons at the top or bottom of this page; hang posters. Think of these gestures as “paying it forward.” We would all appreciate all the help we could get if we were in the shoes of Benjamin’s family.

Deer in the headlights?

Deer in the headlights?

My neighbor has a young doe in a pen in her yard that was hit by a car not quite a week ago. She is maybe a bit over a year old according to the vet. A couple neighbors found her laying on the side of the road — alive. They dropped her off at my neighbor’s house.

Leigh, a vet tech, is trying to stabilize the doe before transporting her to a rehab center a couple hours away.

The doe’s head took most of the hit. She seems to be pretty much deaf and blind, and has difficulty standing because of the neurological effects of the accident. She gave birth to twins a few days ago, but both died… probably from complications of their mother being hit by a car.

I was sitting there with her today trying to imagine all of this: you are a wild animal and know nothing about humans. You cannot see them except maybe as very blurry shapes of lightness and darkness; you cannot hear them as they try to comfort you with soothing sounds; their touch is a most unfamiliar thing to you. You cannot stand very well and when you do, you stumble in circles. Maybe you have pain you cannot understand or explain.

She is also very small — skinny neck, skinny legs.

Wow! In a few seconds, my whole world looked like a walk in the park compared to hers!

She began to respond to my touch and even at one point seemed to almost fall into rest with her head in my hand as I stroked her neck and throat.

I was trying to force feed her some alfalfa that is laced with vitamins and other healthy stuff. No idea if her sense of smell is affected. I know cats will literally starve to death if they cannot smell. I wanted to see what she would do if I forced the food into her mouth. So I would put a wad of this stuff in the corner of her mouth. She would chew on it and try to slide it out the side of her mouth. I would push it back in. She would slide some of it out. I would push it back in. I think I managed to get more into her than she spit out. After that, she seemed more interested in eating her deer block, too.

If she can embrace human contact, I think she will make it. She will never be able to be released back into the wild, but with the right person, I think she can live her life. Sadly, not as it might have been a week ago.

I have seen animals closer to death fight to live and pull it off. I hope this little girl will do the same. She has certainly gotten off to a very rough start.

If you will, perhaps you could include her in your prayers tonight.

FYI: The photo at the top of this post is NOT this little baby. I do not have one of her and you may not want to see one at this point anyway.

Meet Puffy: homeless & FIV+

Meet Puffy: homeless & FIV+

UPDATE: Puffy has found a new home! Thanks to the new family!

Puffy has been an Ottawa neighborhood cat for about a year now. Neighbors have been feeding him and keeping an eye out for him. However, he was an unneutered male, so, though handsome to the eye, a “baby-maker” nonetheless. And a bit of a rabble-rouser who got into fights with other cats in the neighborhood.

Recently, a concerned neighbor stepped up and befriended Puffy.

“…he let me pat him and cut some matts out of his fur. He had a huge tick on him, a big healing abcess and lots of smaller scabs and scratches.”

Puffy: FIV+ and homeless

After talking to his neighborhood “watch group,” it was decided that Puffy needed to be caught and neutered. Then he could possibly be released back into his neighborhood.

So this week, Puffy got a full checkup, de-worming, vaccinations, FeLV/FIV tests, and a neuter. All went well except for the FIV test. He has tested positive for the FIV virus.

If you are unfamiliar with FIV, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus (or “slow virus”) which is characterized by a long incubation period. An infected cat’s health may deteriorate progressively or be characterized by recurrent illness interspersed with periods of relative health. Sometimes not appearing for years after infection, signs of immunodeficiency can appear anywhere throughout the body — poor coat, gingivitis, stomatitis, various cancers and blood diseases; much like any other cat might experience. [source]

What does FIV do to a cat? Infected cats may appear normal for years. However, infection eventually leads to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections. The same bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi that may be found in the everyday environment — where they usually do not affect healthy animals — can cause severe illness in those with weakened immune systems. These secondary infections are responsible for many of the diseases associated with FIV. [source]

In other words, FIV won’t kill him, but rather a secondary infection could. Therefore, to lessen the possibility of acquiring a secondary infection and for keeping his immune system as strong as possible, it is best for Puffy to live indoors now.

So we are looking for a home that can take Puffy in. He currently lives in Ottawa. Taking him to the Ottawa Humane Society would likely be a death sentence (read some of the reasons an animal is destroyed in a shelter) and rescue groups called are full at this time.

Per Judy who took him to the vet:

The vet says he is young and seems to be in good health other than being a bit thin. He seems gentle and friendly. When he was at my house for a little while he was comforted when I rubbed his cheeks and ears.

I have a foster home for him only until Sunday, and then maybe another foster for a few days after that.

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Puffy, please email me and I will connect you with Judy.

If you want to learn more about FIV — what it means, how it is transmitted, what you might expect — the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University has created this great page to explain. It needn’t be a death sentence. Puffy can live a long and happy life. Even in a home with other cats.

And please… SHARE Puffy’s story by clicking on one of the icons below so we can find him a new home.